10 Indian Women Writers in English

1. Anita Desai

Anita Desai is an Indian novelist and short story writer. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 for her novel, Fire on the Mountain, by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters. Her notable contributions are The Peacock, Voices of the City, Fire on the Mountain, Clear light of Day, In Custody, Fasting, Feasting and The Village by the Sea.

Her novel Fire on the Mountain (1977) won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Her children’s book The Village by the Sea (1982) won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

2. Arundathi Roy

She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays.

3. Anita Nair

Anita Nair is an Indian English writer whose novels are passionately woven on the thread of human nature and values with a female oriented component. Her Mistress was included in the list for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Better Man, Mistress, The Puffin Book of Magical Indian Myths, Where The Rain is Born- Writing about K, Ladies Coupe, Lessons in Forgetting Pb, and Malabar Mind are her notable works.

4. Shashi Deshpande

Sashi Deshpande is a well known name in the field of Indian literature. She published her first collection of short stories in 1978, and her first novel, The Dark Holds No Terror in 1980. She won the Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel That Long Silence in 1990 and the Padma Shri award in 2009. Her notable works include The Binding Vine,Matter of Time,That Long Silence, and Dark Holds No Terrors.

5. Shobha De

Shobha De is an Indian novelist, copywriter, freelance writer and columnist, best known for her columns in The Week. She is known as India`s Jackie Collins. Starry Nights, Socialite Evenings, Sultry Days, Sisters, Small betrayals, Second Thoughts, Surviving Men, Spouse, Snapshots and Selective Memory are her notable works.

6. Sudha Murthy

Sudha Kulkarni Murthy is renowned for her writing and active role in social services. Her flair for writing is evident in her books like Dollar Sose, originally written in Kannada and Wise and Otherwise.

7. Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author. Her debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake was adopted to a popular film. She has won several awards for her work. Her notable works include The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and Interpreter of Maladies.

8. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A novelist, poet, professor, and short story author, Chitra Banerjee is indeed a gifted writer. Her significant works include Palace of Illusion, and Mistress of Spice. She was awarded the American Book Award for Arranged Marriage. Her work has been published in more than 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker.

9. Kiran Desai

Born in India, educated in England and US, Kiran Desai‘s work has appeared in “The New Yorker” and Salman Rushdie’s anthology Mirror Work: Fifty Years of Indian Writing. Her notable works include Inheritance of Loss, Hullabaloo in The Guava Orchard. The Inheritance of Loss won the coveted 2006 Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle award for fiction

10. Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee is the author of seven novels and two short story collections, and co-author of two books of non-fiction. She is also the winner of a National Book Critic Circles Award. Some of her famous books are Desirable Daughters, Jasmine, Holder of the World, Leave it to Me, and The Middleman And Other Stories.

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